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The Southern California Spirit in the Sky

Southern California workers remember the excitement of being part of the space race.

Inventing the Future in Southern California

The Southern California outlook is due in part to the futuristic influence of space.

Making the First Photo of a Planet Ever

The first pictures of Mars were more difficult to put together than one might imagine.

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Back to the Future

Tech billionaires choose Southern California to launch their own space companies.

The Big Chill

The Cold War funds the growth of L.A. while instilling fear of nuclear annihilation.


L.A. aircraft companies become America’s “arsenal of democracy” during World War II.

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